Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Default Setting

A few months ago, I read "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan.

I think about the following quote all the time. The author speaking of her father:

"I think people like him because his default setting is open delight. He’s prepared to be wowed—by your humor, your smarts, your white smile, even your handshake—guaranteed, something you do is going to thrill him. Something is going to make him shake his head afterward, in disbelief, and say to me, “Lovey, what a guy!” or “Lovey, isn’t she terrific?” People walk away from him feeling like they’re on their game, even if they suspect that he put them there."

I want my default setting to be open delight.


Darci said...

That is fantastic, great quote.

Was it a good book?

justjen said...

I love this!!! I want to go read the book just from the quote! thank you again for pointing me in the direction of what to read next! I know a couple of people who are like this. I admire it greatly.

Tera said...

Love it!

Kris and Jen said...

Love this quote and book and am so excited she is coming to my town to speak on Thursday!!!! I can't wait to see her in person since I already feel like she is my BFF:)Read her new book Lift in about 2 seconds (its super short and sweet)! Love your blog!

Dee said...

Everyone deserves to have a dad like that! When I was reading her book I was so scared that he was going to die that I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I could barely force myself to turn the page!!

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